DEVELOPED BY: Miss Chong 2006
Indian Society by the end of the Vedic Period
Key Definitions / Terms
Brahmin- the highest class. They serve as priests and religious teachers. Their goal is knowledge and education.
Kshatriya- The second highest group in the caste system. They serve as warriors, rulers. Their goal is political power and diplomacy. They need physical strength and courage, governing skills
Vaishya- The third highest group in the Caste System. The serve as merchants or farmers. They work for wealth and commerce. Their duties are to manage wealth and trade with other societies. They require management and entrepreneurial skills.
Sudra- The lowest group in the Caste System. They were usually servants and laborers. Their goal is to attain manual skills. Their main duty is to serve other castes.
Untouchables- They are the fifth group outside the Caste System. They are called 'untouchables' because they engage in what are considered unclean occupations, such as tanning leather, removing dead animals and washing toilets.
Indians are born into each class according to their karma from their last life
People of different castes live very different lives and are not allowed to dine together or marry each other.
The Pyramid of the Caste System
Brhamin- The highest gourp in the Caste System
Kshatriya- The second highest group in the Caste System
Vaishya- The third highest group in the Caste System
| REVIEW QUESTIONS
5. Why are the Untouchables
called the Untouchables?